Toby wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:13 am
What are their rules ?
I can't believe my first post on the forum is to respond to such a load of bollocks.
Singapore has pretty much two spots which we try to enjoy during the year.
When the wind comes from the south east, we kite in East Coast Park, which has pretty much no rules.
When the wind comes from the North East (as it is currently), we kite in Changi beach - right below the operating zone of the Changi Airport radar. This spot has been open and stays open because a few guys worked their asses off to get a deal signed with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) which came with conditions.
1. They had to create an official kitesurfing association
2. The association had to install signage (buoys, etc.) to clearly indicate the authorised kitesurfing zone
3. Every kiter is Changi has to be identified with a tag which has to be worn on their harness at ALL TIMES
4. Respect the rules
The association has asked kiters to pledge S$50 (i let you convert it to EUR or USD, whichever currency you are using) to cover operating costs and maybe, yes maybe, get themselves a few beers.
There are some cheapskates, probably like OP, who feel paying S$50 is a ripoff (knowing that we like in a country where two beers could cost me this much) and go there to kite without their tag.
The relationship between KAS (Kitesurfing Association of Singapore) and CAAS is fragile and we could potentially lose the spot because some guys like this can't accept it.
so yes the locals, and myself (am expat), are pissed when some dudes come and kite without being members, bust the navigation zone and on top of that go and complain on an international kite forum that Singapore sucks because the locals are not friendly.
If you are not happy, GTFO of the spot. Go kite elsewhere.